When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him. As Roman becomes a man, he realizes what he wants—his bodyguard by his side and in his bed. Unfortunately, Quade can’t seem to see past the kid Roman once was to the man he has become, certain Roman’s feelings are merely misplaced gratitude. But Roman knows a lot more than Quade realizes, and he’s used to persevering, no matter how many impediments life throws his way. He wants the chance to prove to Quade that he’s strong enough for a jackal alpha to call mate.
Despite the decades Quade has been away, and the heartache of his father’s rejection, his inborn loyalty to the pack remains, and his abrupt departure left the jackal shifters without an alpha heir. As a psychopath shifter staking claim as alpha draws Quade back home, and Quade feels compelled to heed the call, he may be forced to make a choice he never anticipated. But doing so means he must leave Roman behind… unless somehow they find a way to make loyalty and love work together.
This is book one and should be read/listened to in order.
This author is hit and misses for me, but Tristan James is always a buy! But I have to say I loved this story so much that after I got done listening to all eight hours I went and bought the second one. Now we just need the third!!! Hint, hint!
Roman and Quade are so brilliant together, you find yourself smiling at all the silly little things, like when Quade passes Roman his sweater or when Roman gets on Quade nerves so bad Quaed wants to ‘kill’ him. Quade has known for years that Roman has been his mate, and Roman has known for years that he is in love with Quade but it takes Quade’s sister showing up out of the blue and Roman just being tired of waiting for things to finally start falling into place. And when Roman wants something, he gets it. I think what I really loved about this shifter book more than most was it felt more ‘adult’. These were grown up people, with grown up problems. Companies to run, homes, families, we had to think outside to bubble of just the two MC’s. And then the descriptions of the area’s that we were visiting, the fights, the laws, it all made for an amazing tale. The way Quade, has never coddled Roman, but you can tell that they both worship each other. Just makes you want to glimpse a moment of them together.
Tristan James, once again nails these voices. All of them, from the deep baritone of Quade, to the higher pitch of his niece that he meets for the first time. I’ve yet to hear a bad book narrated by him. And hope he continue to read the rest of the series.